Second Genesis

Second Genesis, Inc. (7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 500, Bethesda, MD 20814; 301-656-1545), is a long-term, residential and outpatient rehabilitation program for adults and teenagers with substance abuse problems. Founded in Virginia in 1969, under the direction of Dr. Sidney Shankman, Second Genesis is a nonprofit organization operating residential Therapeutic Communities and outpatient services that serve Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC. Second Genesis admits adults, women and their young children, and teenagers.

The Second Genesis residential program has been described as a school that educates people who have never learned how to feel worthy without hurting themselves and others. Through highly structured treatment, Second Genesis combines the basic values of love, honesty, and responsibility with work, education, and intense group pressure to help correct the problems that prevent people from living by these values. Discovering self-respect in a family-like setting, residents are taught to replace behavioral deficits and substance abuse with positive alternatives. The Mellwood House facility in Upper Marlboro, MD, provides residential treatment for women and their young children, offering children's services, vocational counseling, parenting classes, and anger management workshops. In 1998, Second Genesis opened adult and adolescent outpatient programs, providing group and individual therapy, educational services, and DWI/DUI counseling.

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